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ACSP is Committed to Lifting Up Your Efforts - COVID-19

Thursday, March 19, 2020  
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Dear ACSP Colleagues:

We know that you are working hard to make adjustments in light of COVID-19. These are challenging times, and we want you to know that ACSP is committed to lifting up your efforts, now more than ever.

Our conference is scheduled for November 5-8 in Toronto. Perhaps an indicator of your optimism about the future, we received a record number of abstract submissions. Our focal event will expand our focus on social justice, and will draw colleagues from within and beyond the planning academy. We are monitoring the rapidly changing circumstances, and will adjust our conference plans in any way that is needed to maintain the health of our members. We will provide updates in the weekly Tuesday email newsletter, and on conference web pages when information becomes available.

The abstract review process begins soon and we hope to keep to the same timeline, with abstract decisions emailed to you in May. The conference timeline and all other conference information is posted here.

As we all work to support our students, colleagues, families, and friends, we want to find ways to support you. We’ll be back in touch very soon with ideas. Please share your ideas with us too by reply to


Marlon G. Boarnet, ACSP President 2019-2021
Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California


Carissa Slotterback, ACSP Vice President/President-Elect 2019-2021
Associate Dean, Urban and Regional Planning Area, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota


The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.


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